Phase 3 Updates
As we enter Phase 3 of reopening in Illinois, Massage Therapy will be permitted to open with some very specific restrictions. As a brief summary, the following requirements have been put in place by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO):
Enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols before and after every client.
Physical distancing while moving through the office.
Both therapist and client to wear a mask for the entire duration of the massage.
No massage treatment shall last longer than 30 minutes.
In addition, I've been reviewing updated guidelines from industry leaders.Many are in line with the above suggestions, with more specific guidance and recommendations for changes.
I've been working on obtaining the necessary equipment and supplies I'll need once I've reopened but many are back-ordered, delayed, or not easily available.
For these reasons, I've decided to delay my re-opening and not rush back to practice until some of these restrictions can be relaxed. My current goal is to reopen 4 weeks after the Northeast Region has entered Phase 4.
These Phase 3 restrictions are in place to limit the risk of transmission of the virus and keep us both safe. Limiting treatments to 30 minutes indicates that prolonged close contact increases the risk of transmission and well, massage involves prolonged close contact!
I will continue to keep the situation under review. If there are any changes to my current plan, I will definitely let you know!
Thank you for your continuing support! I look forward to seeing you later in the summer.